Dear 3/4D,

Thank you for an amazing year. You have all been fabulous class mates and I have enjoyed having you as my class in 2014. I have created this Smilebox presentation full of memories from this year.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy a well earned holiday.

Don’t forget to say hi next year when you see me on the play ground!

Best Wishes from Miss Dickson

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The students in Year 3/4D have been investigating ‘How can we care for our Earth?’

Students worked in small groups to create a news report focussing on an environmental issue. Check out our fabulous news reports below.

What are you doing to help care for our Earth?

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Advent is the beginning of the Church year for most churches. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. This year it started on Sunday 30th November and finishes on the 24th December. The word Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’. The whole season of Advent is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also a time of preparation, a time for thinking about when Jesus will come again.

People celebrate Advent in different ways. Some families put up the Christmas decorations at the beginning of Advent. Children may have Advent calendars which have windows for each of the days in December. Some people have a Jesse Tree which is a different kind of Advent Calendar.

For homework the students in 3/4D created their own Advent calendar. Their Advent calendars have a good deed connected to each day of the Advent season that they will do to prepare for Jesus’ birth.

Look at their fabulous Advent Calendars:
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Check out this amazing Advent Calendar that has been created like an Advent bunting.
We needed many hands to hold it up!
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What are you going to do during Advent to prepare for Jesus’ birth?

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On Friday 7th November our Parents and Grand Parents joined us for a special learning celebration.

Students participated in hands on Mathematics involving a packet of Smarties. They measured length and mass, worked out the fraction of each colour of smarties in their packet, graphed the results and covered concepts of chance.

Each Student had to bring along a 50 gram box of smarties for this activity. Click on the link below to see the photos of our SMARTIE Maths Learning Celebration:

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What maths skills did you need for our Smartie Maths Celebration?
What did you learn?
What was your favourite part?

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On the 23rd of October 3/4D went to a woodwork incursion. All of us were excited and were wondering what we will be making. We met Asher and he told us what to do.

We learnt how to saw, hammer and how to bring bent nails back up straight. We made a solar powered wind turbine. It was a really good experience. We found out how the wind turbine works. When sunlight goes onto the solar panel, it connects to the motor and the motor makes the panel move round.

This relates to our inquiry unit ‘How can we care for our Earth’ because you don’t need to use electricity to work it. It uses natural energy from the Earth so it doesn’t do any harm on Earth.

We enjoyed doing the wood work because we have learnt lots of building skills. It was an enjoyable challenge.

Click on the link below to see photos from our woodwork incursion.

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Have you ever built anything? What was it?
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On Wednesday 8th October while we were at Italian our teacher, Miss Dickson left our classroom to go over to the school office. Miss Dickson stopped and looked carefully around as she could hear some loud chirping noise. Miss Dickson was shocked to find a Mother Duck and her ducklings right outside of our classroom.

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The Mother Duck wanted her ducklings to hop up into he garden bed but it was too tall for them. Miss Dickson and Miss King helped relocate the ducks to a safer place.

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The next day we created our own narratives about the ducks visit.

Below is Theresa’s narrative about the adventures the ducklings had at our school.

The Missing Duck
On Tuesday morning, waking up to find her daughter missing was NOT a good start to the day. Mother Duck soon realised that her youngest duckling, Sam was missing. She immediately alerted her husband. “SAM’S MISSING!” She screamed. Her husband woke up with a start. “We must find her” said father duck. So the parents woke up the other children, had breakfast and the adventure started.

“Are we there yet?” cried Danni. “Why do we have to find Sam? She’s so ugly and useless.” said Owen. “How dare you say that?” Father duck scolded Owen. They walked everywhere but still couldn’t find Sam. They sneaked up onto a bus and when they got off, they saw this giant building. “John, we should explore here. Sam loves big places.” Melissa said to her husband. So they set off. They crawled under the gates and saw the biggest garden bed. They went to explore. Then a really big person appeared. She spotted them and walked towards them. “What should we do?” cries Melissa. The ducklings were screaming.

She got the big square thing and it made some click sounds. They tried to jump onto the garden bed but the little ones couldn’t jump on. The big person finally walked away. ”Phew” sighed the ducks. “It’s not safe here” said John. So everyone went away. It was getting dark and Melissa started to worry. “Where could she be?” she thought. They created some shelter for the night, had some dinner and slept.

The next day, they went to dive in the water. “Sam knows how to swim, so this is a good place to start.” said John. They searched all day but didn’t find anything. They soon gave up and went home. They found Sam there. She had gone to her friend’s house. They were happy she was safe and sound and lived happily ever after.

Why do you think the Ducks visited Holy Family School?
What do you think they did on their Big Day Out?

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On Wednesday 17th October Students at Holy Family School excitedly participated in our annual footy day. Everyone wore their team colours and enjoyed a special sausage sizzle for lunch.

We congratulate Hawthorn on winning the 2014 Premiership cup.

Click below to see the great moments from our Footy Day celebrations:

What football team do you barrack for? Why do you support that team?
Do you have a favourite player?
Who do you think will win the 2015 Premiership cup?

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On Monday 15th September the Drama Toolbox came to our school to lead us through a workshop on Sustainability. We looked at many issues facing planet Earth with particular focus in Antartica, Paraquay, Sumatra and at the Great Barrier Reef.

Click on the link below to see some of the photos taken during our Drama Workshop:

What did you learn from the Drama Workshop?
What did you enjoy?
How will you try to look after Planet Earth?

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Monday 18th August commenced the start of Book Week. This year’s theme is Connect to Reading. It is all about enjoying the experience of exploring stories and travelling to other worlds. Most people associate reading with bedtime and wearing pyjamas. Therefore students came to school in their favourite pyjamas and onesies. 3/4D shared their favourite books with the students in Prep H. Check out the video below to see how we connected to reading.

During Book Week we read all the short listed books in the picture book category. Rules of Summer was awarded the prize of Picture Book of the Year.

Students worked in small groups to create a book trailer promoting each book. Look at all the fantastic book trailers below.

The Treasure Box Written by Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood

The Windy Farm Written by Doug MacLeod and Craig Smith

Parachute written by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley

Silver Buttons Written by Bob Graham

Rules of Summer Written by Shaun Tan

King Pig Written by Nick Bland

Granny Grommet and Me Written by Dianne Wolfer and Karen Blair

What was your favourite book from this years Book Week? Why was it your favourite book?
How do you like to Connect with Reading? What types of books do you enjoy reading?
What was your favourite book trailer? Why?

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Our Term 2 and 3 Inquiry unit was called ‘Synchronise My System!’ All the students in Year 3/4D choose a system to research. We wrote an explanation about how our system works and created a model.

On Thursday 14th we had our Middle School Learning Expo. We excitedly shared our knowledge about our system with parents, teachers and students. Below are photos from our Learning Expo:

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What system did you research? What did you find out about your chosen system?
What was the best part of our Learning Expo? Why?

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